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fogey

[foh-gee] /ˈfoʊ gi/
noun, plural fogeys.
1.
fogy.
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British Dictionary definitions for fogey

fogey

/ˈfəʊɡɪ/
noun (pl) -geys, -gies
1.
an extremely fussy, old-fashioned, or conservative person (esp in the phrase old fogey)
Derived Forms
fogeyish, fogyish, adjective
fogeyism, fogyism, noun
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for fogey
n.

also fogy, "an old, dull fellow," 1780, Scottish foggie, originally "army pensioner or veteran," perhaps connected to fogram (1775) "old-fashioned person;" or from fog in obsolete senses of "moss" or "bloated fat" (1580s).

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Slang definitions & phrases for fogey

fogy

noun
  1. An old person; any very conservative, outdated person; dodo: College students today are young fogies (1785+)
  2. A military longevity allowance, awarded for units of service: He got his pension and eight fogies (1881+ Armed forces)

[origin uncertain; perhaps fr French fougeux, ''fierce, fiery,'' referring to the doughty spirit of an invalid soldier, whence fogy, ''fierce, fiery,'' found by the 1860s; veteran soldiers were called foggies in the late 1700s, perhaps because they were regarded as moss-covered with age, fog being Scots dialect for ''moss'']


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